Maharashtra Floor Test Highlights: Uddhav Thackeray thanks 'baap janata' after winning trust vote

The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance won the floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday. Altogether 169 MLAs voted in favour of the motion of confidence, pro tem Speaker Dilip Walse Patil informed the House. Nobody voted against the motion as all the 105 MLAs had walked out of the 288-member House, boycotting the floor test, before headcount of MLAs began. Stay tuned for more updates.
  • 16:21

    It's unfortunate that BJP didn't follow discipline in the Assembly: Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi

  • 15:25

    We will not throttle the voice of opposition: Supriya Sule

  • 15:19

    Assembly adjourned for the day

    Maharashtra Legislative Assembly adjourned for the day, will resume at 11 hrs tomorrow.

  • 15:14

    Uddhav Thackeray had promised Balasaheb Thackeray that he would be a CM, as a Shiv Sainik and follower of Balasaheb, I had given promise to Uddhav saheb: Sanjay Raut

  • 15:13

    The 2 All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLAs, the 1 CPI(M) MLA and the 1 MNS MLA stood neutral(did not vote for or against the motion).

  • 15:01

    Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut tweeted before the trust vote

  • 14:56

    Total votes in favour of Maha Vikas Aghadi Government are 169.

    169 MLAs vote in favour of the motion of confidence, zero against, four abstain; 105 BJP MLAs absent during voting in Maharashtra floor test.

  • 14:52

    Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray led Maha Vikas Aghadi Government passes floor test in assembly. Opposition MLAs had staged walkout in protest earlier

  • 14:49

    BJP seeks to suspend the proceedings of the house

    We are going to submit a letter to the Governor asking him to suspend the proceedings of the House, and that the House should follow the Constitution.: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis.

  • 14:47

    Floor test underway

  • 14:47

    BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Opposition MLAs walk out of state Assembly ahead of floor test: This session is unconstitutional & illegal. Appointment of Pro-tem Speaker was also unconstitutional

  • 14:33

    State cabinet has "complete authority" to name pro tem speaker: Walse Patil on Fadnavis' claim.

  • 14:30

    Ashok Chavan moves trust vote

    Congress's Ashok Chavan proposes trust vote, NCP's Nawab Malik and Shiv Sena's Sunil Prabhu second it. Opposition continues to raise slogans. Protem Speaker requests all MLAs to remain seated for headcount vote.

  • 14:28

    Never was a pro tem speaker replaced in India, why was BJP's Kolambkar replaced from post: Fadnavis

  • 14:26

    Never in the history of Maharashtra Assembly, a trust vote was conducted without electing a Speaker. What was the fear this time?, asks Devendra Fadnavis.

  • 14:22

    If not allowed to speak on Constitution, then I have no right to sit in this house: Fadnavis

    "You are raising an issue which is of out of the house (oath-taking of Maha Vikas Aghadi Govt)': If I am not allowed to speak on the Constitution then I have no right to sit in this house," says Devendra Fadnavis.

  • 14:15

    Uproar in assembly after BJP alleges that the special session was not convened as per rules.

  • 14:14

    Governor has given the permission for this session. This session is as per rules. So your point stands rejected:Protem Speaker Dilip Patil.

  • 14:08

    This assembly session is not per rules. This session started without Vande Mataram, it is a violation of rules, saysBJP's Devendra Fadnavis.

  • 13:49

    NCP yet to decide name for deputy CM's post: Patil

    The NCP is yet to decide who from the party will be the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, its state unit president Jayant Patil said on Saturday.

    Read more

  • 13:28

    Swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray ministry illegal: Chandrakant Patil

    Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrakant Patil says swearing-in of Uddhav Thackeray ministry illegal as it went beyond prescribed format.(PTI)

  • 13:21

    Congress issues three line whip to its MLAs directing them to remain present in the Assembly ahead of floor test, today.

  • 12:57

  • 12:51

    Congress' Nana Patole who is the Maha Vikas Aghadi candidate for the state Assembly Speaker post, files his nomination.

  • 12:44

  • 12:40

    Shiv Sena and NCP issue whip to their MLAs directing them to be present in the Assembly today.

  • 12:35

    Schedule at Vidhan Sabha:

    - The announcement about the New Pro-Tem Speaker appointment made by the Governor at2 pm.
    - Introduction of the ministers
    - Motion of Trust over the cabinet of Uddhav Thackeray proposed by Sunil Prabhu, Dhananjay Munde, Ashok Chavan and Prithviraj Chavan.

  • 12:33

  • 12:17

    Kisan Kathore is the BJP candidate for Assembly Speaker.

  • 12:16

  • 11:53

    Maharashtra Congress chief Balasaheb Thorat has said party leader Nana Patole will be the Congress candidate for Speaker elections.

  • 30-11-2019
    11:48

    Maha Vikas Aghadi govt to face floor test in Maharashtra Assembly today

    The Uddhav Thackeray-led Maha Vikas Aghadi government of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance will face floor test in the Maharashtra Assembly on Saturday. The floor test will be held in the afternoon.Governor B S Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by December 3.

    Read the full report here.

  • 29-11-2019
    07:11

    The month-long 'Maha' drama has come to an end with Uddhav Thackery becoming the 18th chief minister of Maharashtra at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. Other leaders like Balasaheb Thorat, Eknath Shinde, Jayant Patil, Shubhash Desai, Nitin Raut, Chhagan Bhujbal also took oath as ministers. Thank you for tuning in to the DH coverage of the Maharashtra Assembly Elections 2019.

  • 22:45

    After the cabinet meeting, CM Uddhav Thackeray said that thefirst decision that his cabinet hadtaken wasto approve Rs 20 crorefor the development of Raigad which was the capital of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

  • 22:26
  • 22:06

    Newly appointed Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray holds his first cabinet meeting at Sahyadri Guest House in Mumbai after taking the oath of office

  • 21:38
  • 21:03

    Thackeray family at Mumbai's Siddhivinayak temple

  • 19:24

    Narendra Modi congratulates Uddhav

    "Congratulations to Uddhav Thackeray Ji on taking oath as the CM of Maharashtra. I am confident he will work diligently for the bright future of Maharashtra," Narendra Modi.

  • 19:05

    Nitin Raut takes oath as minister in Mumbai

  • 19:03

    Balasaheb Thorat sworn in as minister

  • 19:02

  • 18:58

    NCP's Chhagan Bhujbal takes oath of office

  • 18:54

    NCP's Jayant Patil takes oath of office

  • 18:52

    Shiv Sena's Subhash Desai takes oath of office

  • 18:50

    Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde takes oath

  • 18:42

    Mukesh Ambani, along with wife Nita and son Anant arrive for the oath-taking ceremony of CM designate Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders. Former CM Devendra Fadnavis & Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari have also arrived.

  • 18:38

    Ajit Pawar, Bhujbal, Praful Patel present at oat taking ceremony

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders Ajit Pawar, Chhagan Bhujbal & Praful Patel at the oath-taking ceremony of CM designate Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders.

  • 18:29

    Two from each party will take oath today: Praful Patel

  • 18:28

    Manmohan Singh congratulates Uddhav

    Dr.Manmohan Singh in a letter to Uddhav Thackeray: I am very happy to know that you are taking oath as the 19th Chief Minister of Maharashtra. It is a historic event and I commend you on your visionary leadership.

  • 18:25

    Raj Thackeray arrives at oath ceremony

    MNS Chief Raj Thackeray arrives at oath ceremony of CM designate Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders.

  • 18:22

    DMK Chief MK Stalin, DMK leader TR Baalu with Congress leader Ahmed Patel and NCP leader Praful Patel at oath ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray and other Maha Vikas Aghadi leaders.

  • 18:19

    Shiv Sena Chief and 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' leader, Uddhav Thackeray to take oath as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, shortly

  • 17:58

    Rahul Gandhi to not attend Uddhav's swearing-in

  • 22:00

    • From result day to this day no party was able to form government, Maharashtra was facing many problems including farmer issues, so we decided to form a stable government, says Ajit Pawar after taking oath as Deputy CM.

  • 17:22

    After swearing-in, Uddhav to hold meeting at Sahyadri guest house

    After the swearing-in ceremony, Uddhav Thackeray will hold a first cabinet meeting at Sahyadri guest house at 8 pm.

  • 17:06

    Jaya Bachchan congratulates Uddhav

    Thackeray family and we share a deep & old relationship. My heartiest congratulations to him (Uddhav) on becoming Chief Minister. I sincerely hope he works towards the betterment of Maharashtra, provides relief to farmers and gives youth employment: Jaya Bachchan

  • 17:05

    Sonia Gandhi to not attend Uddhav Thackeray's oath taking ceremony

    "Shiv Sena,NCP & Congress have come together under quite extraordinary circumstances, at a time when the country faces unprecedented threats from BJP. I regret that I'll not be able to be present at the ceremony", Sonia Gandhi writes to Uddhav Thackeray.

  • 18:45

  • 16:53

    Maha Vikas Aghadi will ensure 80% job reservation for locals

    There will be a compulsion & a law will be enacted to ensure 80 per cent reservation for locals in the existing & new companies:Eknath Shinde, Shiv Sena

  • 16:38

      Common Minimum Programme of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine promises immediate loan waiver for farmers

  • 22:02
  • 16:35

    Maha govt to have two panels for coordination within state cabinet and among ruling alliance partners: Common Minimum Programme of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine

  • 15:47

    Congress leaders Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut will take oath as Ministers today

  • 14:33

    I am not taking oath today, Ajit Pawar confirms

    I am not taking oath today. Today six leaders will be taking oath from each party (Shiv Sena, NCP, Congress). The decision onthe Deputy Chief Minister is yet to be taken by the party, says Ajit Pawar.

  • 14:20

    Uddhav Thackeray to take oath as CM

  • 13:42

    I am going to take oath as a minister, says NCP's Jayant Patil. When asked if he will be the Deputy Chief Minister, Jayant Patil says "That has not been decided yet, I don't know."

  • 09:20

  • 09:15

    Ajit Pawar to be the Deputy Chief Minister in Maharashtra government but he is not likely to take oath today, reports ANI quoting Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) sources.

  • 09:11

  • 08:50

  • 08:38

    Eknath Shinde and Subhash Desai from Sena, Jayant Patil and Chaggan Bhujbal from NCP to sworn in and Balasaheb Thorat and Ashok Chavan from Congress to sworn in today, according to a report by NDTV.

  • 08:33

    Maha: NCP to get Dy CM post; Speaker to be from Cong

    The Nationalist Congress Party will get deputy chief minister's post in the new Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government, NCP leader Praful Patel said here on Wednesday night.

    The Congress will get Assembly Speaker's post while the NCP will get deputy Speaker's post, Patel told reporters after a meeting of the `Maha Vikas Aghadi' of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress here.

    Read the full report here.

  • 08:31

    Sena, NCP likely have 15 ministers each, Congress 13

    The Shiv Sena and NCP are likely to get 15 ministerial berths each in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, sources said on Wednesday.

    The Congress is likely to get 13 ministerial berths plus the Speaker's post.

    Read the full report here.

  • 08:28

  • 08:27

    Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray is all set to take oath as the chief minister of Maharashtra, capping off a month-long political drama in the state following the Assembly elections.

  • 08:04

    Cong-Shiv Sena Maha tie-up cause for concern in Kerala?

    As the Congress allies with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, Congress camps in Kerala have obvious concerns whether it will create cracks in the support from the minority community it has been enjoying for long in Kerala, especially the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) which is a key coalition partner of the Congress in Kerala.

    Read the full report here.

  • 07:59

    Maha: NCP to get Dy CM post; Speaker to be from Cong

    The Nationalist Congress Party will get deputy chief minister's post in the new Shiv Sena-led Maharashtra government, NCP leader Praful Patel said here on Wednesday night.

    The Congress will get Assembly Speaker's post while the NCP will get deputy Speaker's post, Patel told reporters after a meeting of the `Maha Vikas Aghadi' of the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress here.

    Read the full report here.

  • 07:30

  • 22:32
  • 21:57

    Yuva Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray meets INC Chief Sonia Gandhi

  • 21:45

    Along with Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray, a total of six to eight ministers would be taking the oath of office and secrecy on November 28.

    While the Deputy Chief Minister would be from the NCP, the Speaker would be from the Congress.

  • 21:41

      Yuva Sena Chief Aaditya Thackeray to shortly meet Congress President  Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath 

  • 21:16

    Shiv Sena leader Aaditya Thackeray has left for Delhi to invite Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the Chief Minister.

  • 21:01

    Sorted out all the issues: Ahmed Patel

    We have sorted out all the issues, you will get to know tomorrow:Congress' Ahmed Patel after attending the meeting of NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena MLAs in Mumba

  • 17:27
  • 16:38

    Congress President Sonia Gandhi invited to attend swearing-in ceremony: Eknath Shinde

  • 16:33

    Sharad Pawar to meet Uddhav Thackeray on government formation at 4:30 pm

  • 16:08

    Bahujan Vikas Aghadi extend support to the Maha Vikas Aghadi

    The numbers of the Maha Vikas Aghadi continue to grow with the fifth biggest party in Vidhan Sabha extending support to the ruling alliance.
    The Bahujan Vikas Aghadi (BVA) met NCP and Congress leaders and extended support.

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  • 15:29

  • 15:26

    HC raises security concern over Uddhav's oath ceremony

    The Bombay High Court on Wednesday raised security concerns over the swearing-in ceremony of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray as chief minister at

    Shivaji Park here, and said holding such functions at a public ground should not become a regular feature.

    Henceforth, everyone will want to use the ground for such ceremonies, a division bench of Justices S C Dharmadhikari and R I Chagla said.

    Thackeray will be sworn in as Maharashtra's chief minister at the Shivaji Park in Dadar on Thursday evening.

    Read the full report here.

  • 15:20

    BJP couldn't impose CM despite 'aghori' attempts: Raut

    The BJP made "aghori" (barbaric) attempts to retain power in Maharashtra, but the state's people foiled it, marking the beginning of a change in the country's politics, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said on Wednesday.

    Raut also said it will not be surprising if the Shiv Sena forms government at the Centre after having installed its chief minister (Uddhav Thackeray) in Maharashtra.

    Read the full report here.

  • 15:20

  • 13:34

    Tharoor comments on Maha with another word of the day

    Shashi Tharoor commented on the latest developments in Maharashtra with another 'Word of the day' on Twitter. “#WordOfTheDay for #Maharashtra: Zugzwang. A situation in chess&other games where a player is compelled to move, forcing him into a weaker position. A player is said to be "in zugzwang" when any possible move will worsen their position. In game theory, changes a win to a loss.”

    Read the full report here.

  • 13:33

  • 13:05

    Please don't call me Chanakya, says Sanjay Raut

    Please do not call me Chanakya, Sanjay Raut, the Man Friday of Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said on Wednesday.

    Known for his sense of humour, the 58-year-old Raut said, "From tomorrow, I will concentrate more on Saamana and my Rajya Sabha work."

    Read the full report here.

  • 12:10

  • 12:08

    Top officers, Mumbai police and Protocol department inspect Shivaji Park ahead of swearing in ceremony.

  • 12:07

    Our dream is a drought-free, loan-free, unemployment-free and pollution-free Maharashtra, says Aaditya Thackeray.

  • 11:43

  • 11:38

    I was sure my uncle Ajit Pawar would return to the party, says NCP MLA Rohit Pawar. He adds that he was happy after his uncle met Sharad Pawar.

  • 11:32

    Bahujan Vikas Aghadi has three MLAs to support Uddhav Thackeray-led alliance.

  • 11:10

    Maha Vikas Aghadi is meeting this afternoon to decide on portfolios.

  • 10:33

    Sharing of portfolios among the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will be finalised in a couple of days, says Balasaheb Thorat.

  • 10:24

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar says he continues to be in his party and there is no reason "to create" confusion about it.

  • 10:00

    Uddhav Thackeray, wife Rashmi meet Maharashtra Governor

    Maharashtra CM-designate and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray met Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan here on Wednesday.


    Thackeray, to be sworn-in as CM on Thursday, was accompanied by wife Rashmi, an official said.

    Read the full report here.

  • 09:46

    Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi Thackeray meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan.

  • 09:41

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari welcomes Thackeray couple. (DH photo)

  • 09:27

    The government will be effective. The common minimum programme (CMP) has not been drafted in darkness of night, but in brightness of sun, says Ashok Chavan.

  • 09:03

    Uddhav Thackeray and his wife Rashmi leave Matoshree, head to South Mumbai.

  • 09:02

    No dispute in Pawar family, says Supriya Sule and Rohit Pawar.

  • 08:56

  • 08:34

    NCP legislators with Ajit Pawar at the steps of Vidhan Bhavan.

  • 08:29

  • 08:26

    Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil (BJP) has been administered oath. Former CM Prithviraj Chavan has also taken oath in the Assembly.

  • 08:21

    Family in one place, politics in one place, says Ajit Pawar.

  • 08:15

    Former Deputy CM Chhagan Bhujbal and Ajit Pawar (both NCP) take oath. Seniormost legislator Balasaheb Thorat, who is the CLP leader, takes oath.

  • 08:15

    Former CM Devendra Fadnavis takes oath. Former Speakers - Dilip Walse-Patil (NCP) and Haribhau Bagade (BJP) take oath. Former CM Ashok Chavan (Congress) is also taking oath.

  • 08:10

    Pro-Tem Speaker Kalidas Kolambkar to administer Maharashtra MLAs oath shortly.

  • 08:09

    14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly has been called to order.

  • 08:03

  • 07:56

    Former chief minister Devendra Fadnavis reaches Vidhan Bhavan.

  • 07:55

  • 07:53

    I was with NCP, I am in NCP, I will be with NCP. Pawar Saheb is our leader and I am a rashtravadi. Some of the news concerning me were baseless, says Ajit Pawar.

  • 07:50

    Shiv Sena Legislature Party Leader Eknath Shinde reaches Vidhan Bhavan.

  • 07:42

    Shiv Sena MLA Aaditya Thackeray takes blessings at the Siddhivinayak temple.

  • 07:41

    We are very happy, we will work with our full capacity, says Rohit Pawar.

  • 07:32

    The way we struggled and stayed united is amazing, says Supriya Sule. "No dispute in Pawar family," she adds. 

  • 07:31

    NCP legislators leave for Vidhan Bhavan in a bus for swearing  in. The NCP legislators were camping in Sofitel Hotel at BKC.

  • 07:20

    CM-designate Uddhav Thackeray has been told to hold series of meetings today with senior leaders of his party and allies to finalise his council of ministers.

  • 07:19

    Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, the CM-designate, is likely to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari today morning.

  • 07:02

  • 07:00

    The memorial of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray at Shivaji Park. (DH photo)

  • 06:58

    The historic Shivaji Park at Dadar in Mumbai where the swearing in would take place. (DH photo)

  • 06:56

  • 06:54

    A new era is going to start in Maharashtra, says Sharad Pawar.

  • 02:30
  • 02:29
  • 23:37

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's invitation to Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray to form the government

  • 22:57

    Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine and allies stake claim to form the government, oath taking at Shivaji Park on Nov 28

  • 22:52

    Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray to be sworn in as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra of November 28 in a ceremony at Mumbai's Shivaji Park

  • 22:41
  • 22:02

    BJP's Nitin Gadkari seems to have forgotten that Sharad Pawar has been an ICC president: NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik

    BJP's Nitin Gadkari had said that anything is possible in cricket and politics. He seems to have forgotten that Sharad Pawar has been the president of the ICC. Clean bowled, tweeted NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.
  • 21:49

    BJP MLAs' meeting underway at the party's Mumbai office

  • 21:45

      Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray seeking blessings of his late father Balasaheb Thackeray 

    Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray seeking blessings of his late father Balasaheb Thackeray

  • 21:43

    Ajit Pawar reaches Sharad Pawar's bungalow Silver Oak

  • 21:42
  • 21:41
  • 21:41
  • 21:35

    A snapshot of the political drama that went down in Maharashtra on Tuesday

    1. BJP-led government falls with the resignation of DevendraFadnavis after his Deputy and revel NCP leaderAjit Pawar pulls out
    2. · Sena, NCP, Congress float “Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi”
    3. · Uddhav Thackeray elected as MVA leader, chief minister-designate
    4. · MVA leaders meet Governor, stake claim, seeking invitation to form the government under Uddhav Thackeray’s leadership
    5. · Uddhav Thackeray, his cabinet to be sworn in at Shivaji Park on December 1
    6. · Fadnavis says the MVA govt would collapse under its own weight
    7. · Governor appoints senior-most MLA as Protem Speaker, to administer oath to new MLAs on Wednesday
  • 21:26

    Ajit Pawar to meet NCP supremo and uncle Sharad Pawar tonight

  • 20:58

    PM Modi, Amit Shah to be invited to swearing-in: Sanjay Raut

    "PM Modi will be invited for the swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the Maharashtra CM. We will invite everyone, we will even invite Amit Shah Ji," says Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut.

  • 20:50

    Swearing in ceremony at Shivaji Park on December 1

  • 20:21

    What happened today is actual democracy: Uddhav

    I accept the responsibility given by all of you. I'm not alone but you all are CM with me. What has happened today is the actual democracy. Together we will wipe off the tears of farmers in the state, says Uddhav.

  • 20:14

    I never dreamed of leading the state, says Uddhav Thackeray

    I'm ready to answer all the questions raised by Devendra Fadnavis. I am not scared of anything. Lies are not part of Hindutva. When needed you to hug us and when not needed you to leave us. You tried to keep us away.I had never dreamed of leading the state. I would like to thank Sonia Gandhi and others. We are giving a new direction to the country by keeping faith in each other: Uddhav Thackeray.

  • 20:10

    From photographer to CM, Uddhav's journey to the top

    From being an ace photographer to getting closer to becoming the chief minister of Maharashtra,Uddhav Thackeray has come a long way.

    The big challenge that he faced was that as being a political heir to his father Bal Thackeray,he is often compared with the late charismatic leader and one of the most powerful orators.

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  • 20:08

    Myself, Balasaheb and George Fernandes enjoyed personal relations: Sharad Pawar

  • 20:06

    Sharad Pawar proves he is 'Saheb' in Maharashtra

    Drenching in rains in his iconic spotless-white half-shirt, the photo of Sharad Pawar went viral on social media, just hours before people pressed buttons in EVMs.

    Read More

  • 20:05

    Convincing Ajit Dada was not easy

    At one point in time,the maverick Ajit Pawar was considered as the political heir of NCP founder-president Sharad Pawar.

    Read More

  • 19:49

    Uddhav Thackeray elected as leader of Maha Vikas Aghadi

    Resolution to elect Uddhav Thackeray as leader of Maha Vikas Aghadi was moved by NCP's Jayant Patil and seconded by Congress leader Balasaheb Thorat.The resolution was adopted unanimously. Three former CMs Dr. Manohar Joshi, Prithviraj Chavan, and Ashok Chavan were present.

  • 19:34

    Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde moves a resolution to form 'Maha Vikas Aghadi'

    Shiv Sena leader Eknath Shinde moves a resolution to form 'Maha Vikas Aghadi', the alliance of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress. NCP's Nawab Malik & Congress' Nitin Raut second it.

  • 19:30

    Sharad Pawar is the architect of this alliance: Eknath Shinde

  • 19:23

    Maha Vikas Aghadi takes birth today: Ashok Chavan

  • 19:20

    NCP workers raise slogan for Sharad Pawar

  • 19:17

    Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assemble for the joint meeting at Hotel Trident

  • 19:05

    Nawab Malik reacts to Ajit Pawar's resignation

  • 18:58

    Ajit Pawar to not attend Sena-NCP-Cong meet: Jayant Patil

    Ajit Pawar will not come for today's meeting. There has not been any contact with him. But I have been meeting him for 2 days, I will meet him today as well: NCP's Jayant Patil.

  • 18:57

    Ajit Pawar changes his Twitter bio to 'Former Deputy CM of Maharashtra'

  • 18:40

    Never heard of Govt in at midnight: Mamata Banerjee

    Heard about freedom at midnight, never heard of government at midnight; Maharashtra has shown the way: Mamata Banerjee.

  • 18:28

    NCP workers seen holding posters stating "Ajit Dada, we love you"

  • 18:11

    Devendra Fadnavis changes his Twitter bio to "Caretaker Chief Minister of Maharashtra".

  • 18:09

    Sena-Cong-NCP joined hands to steal popular mandate: BJP

    Referring to Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP combine, BJP says parties "rejected by people" in assembly polls have joined hands to "steal" popular mandate.

    PTI

  • 18:08

    Deputy CM Ajit Pawar's resignation came following sustained persuasion by family and senior NCP leaders: Sources

    PTI

  • 18:07

    Kalidas Kolambkar sworn in as Pro-Tem speaker

    The Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari today (26 Nov) sworn in Kalidas Nilkanth Kolambakar as the Protem Speaker of Maharashtra Legislature Assembly.

    The Governor gave the oath to Kolambhkar at a brief Swearing-in-Ceremony at Raj Bhavan, Mumbai on Tuesday (26th Nov)

    Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta, Principal Secretary Law and Judiciary R.P. Ladda and Secretary Parliamentary Affairs and Vidhan Bhavan, Rajendra Bhagwat were present.

  • 17:59

    Sharad Pawar 'Chanakya' of Maharashtra, defeated other Chanakyas: NCP leader Nawab Malik.

  • 17:57

    Uddhav will be CM: Nawab Malik

    "Sharad Pawar saheb had said that Uddhav Thackeray will be the Chief Minister and Uddhav Ji has also agreed to this.
    Shiv Sena was not born to do communal politics , they came into existence to serve the people of Maharashtra. Shiv Sena was spoiled after joining hand with BJP," says NCP's Nawab Malik.

  • 17:55

    Maharashtra Legislative Assembly convened for Wednesday

  • 17:33

    They knew they did not have the majority but they wanted more time. The Governor gave them 14 days, so obviously they all were hand in glove, they were hoping Courts will not interfere:Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Devendra Fadnavis resignation.

  • 17:11

    Governor must invite Maha Vikas Aghadi to form govt: Cong spokesperson

    Maharashtra governor should shed his RSS-BJP cloak and invite 'Maha Vikas Aghadi' of Sena-NCP-Cong: Cong spokesperson.

  • 17:06

    The real face of BJP revealed: Ashok Gehlot

    Victory is ultimately the truth. Today, on the occasion of Happy Constitution Day, democratic values have won and the people of Maharashtra have got justice. On Constitution Day, this incident has been recorded in history, the Constitution has won and the real face of BJP has been revealed, says Ashok Gehlot.

  • 17:02

    Resignation of Fadnavis as CM reflects the beauty of democracy: WB speaker

    Resignation of Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis reflects the "beauty of democracy"; certain governors are trying to run parallel administrations: WB speakerBiman Banerjee.

  • 16:57

    Kalidas Kolambkar to be Pro-Team Speaker of 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly

    BJP MLA Kalidas Kolambkar to be Protem Speaker, he will take oath shortly in Raj Bhawan. Kolambkar says 'Oath of MLAs to be administered tomorrow when the session begins.'

  • 16:42

    Efforts on to bring Ajit Pawar for the Sena-NCP-Congress meeting.

  • 16:32

    Chief Minister resigns, Governor accepts resignation

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis called on the Governor of Maharashtra Bhagat Singh Koshyari at Raj Bhavan in Mumbai on Tuesday, 26th November 2019 and tendered his resignation.

  • 16:27

    We demand that Uddhav Thackeray be invited to form government in Maharashtra immediately: Prithviraj Chavan.

    PTI

  • 16:25

    Uddhav likely to emerge as new CM: KC Venugopal

    Today evening there will be a joint press conference of the three(Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP) parties and a meeting. In the meeting leader of the joint legislative party will be elected, I think Uddhav Ji will be elected:KC Venugopal, Congress.

  • 16:19

    Kar diya na clean-bowled!, Nawab Malik takes a dig at Nitin Gadkari

    BJP Leader Nitin Gadkari saying anything can happen in cricket and politics, perhaps he had forgotten that Sharad Pawarhad been president of the ICC, Kar diya na clean-bowled?, says Nawab Malik.

  • 16:17

    Meanwhile, take a look at the short lived CMs

    Jagadambika Pal (Uttar Pradesh) - 1 day (1998)

    Nitish Kumar (Bihar) - 7 days (2000)

    BS Yediyurappa (Karnataka) - 2 days (2018)

    Devendra Fadnavis (Maharashtra) - 3 days (2019)

  • 16:13

    Devendra Fadnavis enters Raj Bhavan, to meet Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari and formally resign

  • 16:01

    Ajit Pawar has cited personal reasons while resigning: Devendra Fadnavis

  • 16:00

    We always wanted a government with Shiv Sena: Devendra Fadnavis

  • 15:55

    We had decided that we will never indulge in horse-trading, that we will never try to break away any MLA. Those who said that we indulge in horse-trading bought the entire horse stable: Fadnavis

  • 15:53

      Shiv Sena's Hindutva is bowing before Congress president Sonia Gandhi: Devendra Fadnavis

  • 15:46

    The hunger for power is such that now Shiv Sena leaders are even willing to ally with Sonia Gandhi, says Fadnavis.

  • 15:44

    Fadnavis calls Sena-NCP-Cong a three-wheel govt

    We will serve as a constructive opposition.This is a three-wheel govt, says Fadnavis.

  • 15:43

    This Sena-NCP-Cong government will crumble under its own pressure,says Devendra Fadnavis on the proposed Sena-Cong-NCP govt

  • 15:40

    They were busy with CMP, it is common maximum programme to keep BJP out of power: Devendra Fadnavis

  • 15:37

    Sena claimed numbers, you know what happened, NCP said they have no numbers, President's rule was imposed: Fadnavis

  • 15:36

    Seeing the number game, Sena started bargaining (for CM post) with us: Fadnavis

  • 15:31

    ShivSena-NCP-Congress, allies and supporting independents will meet at 6 pm: NCP's Nawab Malik

  • 15:25

    If Ajit Dada has resigned, it is proper, he should come back: NCP MLAs

  • 15:22

    Meanwhile, Congress takes a dig at Fadnavis

  • 15:14

     Ajit dada has resigned and he is with us. Uddhav Thackeray will be the Chief Minister of Maharashtra for 5 years: Sanjay Raut.

  • 14:51

    In the morning, Sadanand Sule, the husband of Supriya Sule had met Ajit Pawar. Later, senior leaders Praful Patel, Chhagan Bhujbal, Jayant Patil and Dilip Walse-Patil met Ajit Pawar.

  • 14:49

    Around noon, Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar met at Varsha, the official residence of the CM.

  • 14:45

    I can't blame my party leaders for what has happened but it should not have happened: BJP's Eknath Khasde

  • 14:43

    Fadnavis must resign: Sena-NCP-Cong

    The BJP-led group is not in a position to prove majority, CM Devendra Fadnavis: Sena-NCP-Cong alliance

  • 14:41

    BJP doesn't have the majority yet: Athawale

    We respect the Supreme Court's order of carrying out a floor test tomorrow. NDA doesn't have the majority yet, I am sure we will get it by tomorrow as we trust Ajit Pawar that he will bring his MLAs:Union Minister Ramdas Athawale.

  • 14:34

    According to multiple media reports, Ajit Pawar has resigned as Deputy CM

  • 14:29

    I have no information on Ajit Pawar's resignation, I will check it: Jayant Patil

  • 14:25

    I hope the Governor will listen to us and make Balasaheb Thorat, the senior-most member of the House, the Pro-Tem Speaker: Jayant Patil. NCP.

  • 14:16

    Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis to address the media at 3.30pm

  • 14:15

    Meeting of NCP and Shiv Sena leadersunderway at the Sofitel Hotel in Mumbai. Leaders including Sharad Pawar, Praful Patel, Jayant Patil, Supriya Sule, Chhagan Bhujbal, Uddhav Thackeray,Aaditya Thackeray and Sanjay Raut present.

  • 13:39

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari handed over the list of senior-most members of 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly for selection of Pro-Tem Speaker.

  • 13:37

    Our performance will be good in next five years, says MPCC president and CLP leader Balasaheb Thorat at a Congress meeting.

  • 13:36

    The BJP government is in minority, we will prove it, says Balasaheb Thorat.

  • 13:28

    Congress leaders at a party meeting. (DH photo)

  • 13:25

    Majority has to be proven not in hotels or elsewhere but on the floor of the House. We're confident that on the floor of the house our govt will be able to prove its majority, says BJP leader Ram Madhav, on 'Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs' pledge at Hotel Grand Hyatt yesterday'.

  • 13:17

    'Chanakya neeti' means kidnapping MLAs? asks Shiv Sena

    Ahead of the crucial trust vote in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena has launched a scathing attack on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and his Deputy and NCP rebel leader Ajit Pawar.


    The Uddhav Thackeray-led party in its mouthpiece, Saamana, spoke of "Operation Lotus" and "match-fixing", and accused the BJP of trying to poach MLAs of rival parties.

    Read the full report here.

  • 12:40

    The way Centre behaved in Maharashtra, not certain constitutional norms safe in hands of present establishment, says ex-PM Manmohan Singh.

  • 12:39

    CLP meeting is currently underway at JW Marriott.

  • 12:37

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray and his core team to meet NCP leaders and legislators now at Sofitel Hotel at BKC in Mumbai.

  • 12:37

  • 12:34

    I hope they will. We all respect the Supreme Court, we should respect its judgement, says former Prime Minister and Congress leader Dr. Manmohan Singh on if NCP-Shiv Sena-Congress will be able to form a government in Maharashtra.

  • 12:25

    'SC order of floor test in Maha assembly not a setback'

    The BJP on Tuesday said the floor test in Maharashtra assembly on Wednesday will establish the position of different parties in its entirety.

    Its national spokesperson Nalin Kohli also rejected the contention that the Supreme Court order on the floor test on Wednesday is a "setback" to the BJP, asserting that "no judicial pronouncement on issues of the Constitution can be a setback to any political party".

    Read the full report here.

  • 12:25

    Congress Legislature Party leader to be elected today.

  • 12:23

    'Absolutely', says Congress president Sonia Gandhi when asked if she is confident of winning Maharashtra floor test.

  • 12:22

  • 12:22

    Union minister and BJP core committee member Raosaheb Patil Danve says, "We will prove majority in floor of house."

  • 12:13

    The Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will hold a joint meeting today evening. The BJP legislators are meeting tonight while Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and Deputy Chief Minsiter Ajit Pawar meeting is currentlyunderway.

  • 11:55

    BJP leadership asks all Maharashtra MLAs to reach Mumbai.

  • 11:54

  • 11:49

    CM Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar must reisgn on moral grounds and respect mandate and numbers, says Shiv Sena legislature party leader Eknath Shinde.

  • 11:49

    A formal Cabinet meeting has been called today.

  • 11:48

  • 11:35

    JUST IN | Shiv Sena demands resignation of Devendra Fadnavis as the Chief Minister of Maharashtra.

  • 11:35

  • 11:30

    Who will be Pro-Tem Speaker in Maharashtra?

    Amid claims and counterclaims on majority by the BJP and rival Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, a key question has emerged: Who would be the Pro-Tem Speaker?

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari would swear in the Pro-Tem Speaker, who in turn, would administer oath to the rest of the members of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. "The seniormost member should be the Pro Tem Speaker," senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.

    Read the full report here.

  • 11:30

  • 11:27

    SC orders floor test in Maharashtra Assembly on Nov 27

    The Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered to conduct floor test on November 27 in Maharashtra Assembly, amid the political drama that unfolded after swearing in of BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar as deputy Chief Minister on Saturday (November 23) morning.

    A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna asked the Governor's office to appoint a Pro-Tem Speaker, who will conduct the floor test on Wednesday.

    Read the full report here.

  • 11:20

    BJP core committee to meet now in Mumbai to decide tomorrow's strategy.

  • 11:18

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut to meet MLAs of NCP now. "We have faith in judiciary. We are ready. We have got 30 hours but we can prove majority in 30 minutes," says Sanjay Raut.

  • 11:17

  • 11:16

    Historic judgment, says Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant.

  • 10:53

    Senior most MLA of the House to be nominated as the Pro-Tem Speaker, says Supreme Court.

  • 10:50

  • 10:49

    Everything will be clear after the floor test tomorrow, says Union Minister Ramdas Athawale.

  • 10:47

  • 10:46

    Pro-Tem speaker to be appointed tomorrow and the only agenda would be to conduct the floor test, says Supreme Court.

  • 10:45

    Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Supreme Court, mentioned before the SC to restrain the Devendra Fadnavis government from taking important policy decisions.

  • 10:44

    The Supreme Court has ordered that the floor test be held before 5 pm tomorrow. The proceedings shall be live telecast.

  • 10:42

    JUST IN | The Supreme Court has ordered floor test on Maharashtra floor test on Nov 27.

  • 10:38

    Supreme Court's three-judge bench, headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Justices Sanjiv Khanna and Ashok Bhushan, are reading the pronouncement of the judgement on the petition jointly filed by NCP-Congress and Shiv Sena against formation of BJP-led government in Maharashtra.

  • 10:32

    Maharashtra Congress President Balasaheb Thorat to be Congress Legislative Party leader of Maharashtra, reports ANI quoting sources.

  • 10:25

    Supreme Court to pass the order regarding Maharashtra Government formation at 10: 30 am.

  • 10:20

    K Suresh, Congress on 'Opposition parties not to take part in theConstitution Day program in Parliament today: The decision has been taken because government is bypassing the Constitution. In the latest situation in Maharashtra, they are disrespecting Indian Constitution. (ANI)

  • 10:19

    NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik tweets on the rules in the legislature

  • 10:17

    "The Legislature Secretariat has received a letter claiming that Jayant Patil is the Legislative Party Leader for NCP. But, decision has to be taken by the Speaker. As of today, decision has not been taken," saidRajendra Bhagwat, Maharashtra Legislature Secretary to ANI.

  • 10:13

    Sena hits out at Maha Guv Fadnavis over swearing-in

    The Shiv Sena on Tuesday lashed out at the Maharashtra governor over the hush-hush swearing-in ceremony of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, saying while one Bhagat Singh went to the gallows for freedom, the other one "hanged" democracy in the darkness of night.

    An editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' wondered what would be Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari's stand on the letter of support submitted by the Sena-NCP-Congress for staking claim to form government after the combine paraded "162 MLAs" at a hotel here.

    In a show of strength ahead of the Supreme Court's ruling on floor test in Maharashtra, the Sena-NCP-Congress combine on Monday paraded '162 MLAs' at a luxury hotel to demonstrate that it has numbers in the 288-member House, where the majority mark is 145.

    Read More

  • 09:47

    Legislature Secretariat has received a letter claiming that Jayant Patil is the Legislative Party Leader for NCP. But, decision has to be taken by the Speaker. As of today, it has not been decided, saysRajendra Bhagwat, Maharashtra Legislature Secretary.

  • 09:44

    Covering letter of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress submitted to Raj Bhavan  staking claim for government formation.

  • 09:38

  • 09:32

    Supreme Court to pass order on plea against Maharashtra government formation at 10:30 am.

  • 09:30

    We are confirmed that Ajit Pawar is the leader of NCP on the Floor of the House, and his whip will hold as leader of legislature party, says BJP leader Ashish Shelar in Mumbai.

  • 09:05

  • 09:04

    Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari will be in Mumbai today for a commemorative event to mark the 11th anniversary of 26/11 attacks.

  • 08:51

    Who will be Pro-Tem Speaker in Maharashtra?

    Amid claims and counterclaims on majority by the BJP and rival Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, a key question has emerged: Who would be the Pro-Tem Speaker?

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari would swear in the Pro-Tem Speaker, who in turn,would administer oath to the rest of the members of the 14th Maharashtra Legislative Assembly. "The seniormost member should be the Pro Tem Speaker," senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan said.

    Read the full report here.

  • 08:14

    Leaders of political parties, cutting across party lines, will pay tributes to the martyrs and victims of 26/11 Mumbai terror attack today.

  • 07:09

    Score at 162, alliance throws down the gauntlet to BJP

    The Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine staged a show of strength on Monday evening at a 5-star hotel in Mumbai, hours after they staked claim to form the government, and a day before the keenly awaited ruling of the Supreme Court on the political crisis.

    The event, a first in the state, was organised as an open challenge to Devendra Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar, who too claimed to have the numbers.

    Read the full report here.

  • 07:07

    Shiv Sena will not take part in the Constitution Day program in Parliament.

  • 06:55

    BJP MLAs are working in their constituencies whereas legislators of Sena-NCP-Congress are staying in 5-star hotels of Mumbai, says Raosaheb Patil Danve.

  • 06:50

    Operation Lotus will have no impact, says Shiv Sena in Saamana, its mouthpiece.

  • 06:50

    NCP will make final attempts to convince rebel Ajit Pawar today 

    Though NCP leadership claims just two MLAs are with Ajit Pawar, the rebel nephew of Sharad Pawar feels that he will get support during floor test.

  • 06:49

    We are not just going to be together for just five years but for 25 years: NCP

  • 06:48
  • 26-11-2019
    06:47

    After the grand #WeAre162 mega parade of MLAs, leaders of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress held an informal meeting on Monday night. Also, to ShivSena-NCP-Congress combine's #WeAre162, the BJP launches a counter #WhereAre162.

  • 23:24
  • 23:20

    Top Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP leaders meet after 'We are 162' meeting

  • 22:52

    Are the (NCP) MLAs kids? are they 10-year-olds, 12-year-olds to go to Raj Bhavan without any knowledge?asksBJP minister Narayan Rane.

  • 22:22

    This is what the top Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress leaders had to say during and after the meeting:

    Will take personal responsibility to ensure no MLA loses Vidhan Sabha membership for voting against BJP: NCP supremoSharad Pawar


    I am confident that in the floor test, all these 162 MLAs will vote against the present government of Maharashtra. Afterwards,a new government will be formed: Maharashtra NCP President Jayant Patil


    Our fight is not for power, our fight is for 'Satyamev Jayate.' The more you try to break us, the more we will unite: Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray


    We are not just 162, we are more than162. We all will be a part of the government. The governor should invite us to form government: Senior Congress leader Ashok Chavan


    Raj Bhavans have become political addas and governors have becomepolitical agents: Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut

  • 21:39

    The 162 Shiv Sen, NCP and Congress MLAs took the oath of unity in Mumbai today in the presence of Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray, NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, tweeted Shiv Sena,

  • 21:38

    Shiv Sena leaders led by Arvind Sawant thank Congress President Sonia Gandhi

  • 20:56

    Will support Sena-NCP-Congress alliance: SP's Abu Azmi

    After approval from the party chief Akhilesh Yadav, I have given a letter showing the support of SP for Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance:Samajwadi Party's Abu Azmi at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Mumbai where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs assembled today.

  • 20:52

    Parade was a joke: BJP

    Rattled by the show of strength of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine, the BJP termed it as a cruel joke on democracy.
    “How can you have an identification parade like criminals of their duly elected lawmakers of the state? It’s a shame on the people of the state and violates democratic norms,” former minister and BJP spokesperson Ashish Shelar said.
    "The three parties ‘paraded’ 162 MLAs, do they really have the support of 145 legislators," he said and noted that chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar will win the trust vote.

  • 20:47

    BJP still has a chance to save its honour: Nawab Malik

    BJP still has a chance to save its honour. Thorh forh par agar uttar aai BJP toh hum bhi uska jawab denge. Ajit Pawar is a part of our party, he is part of the Pawar family. We are trying that he comes back to NCP & admits his mistake, says Nawab Malik.

  • 20:45

    "I swear that under the leadership of Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray & Sonia Gandhi, I will be honest to my party. I won't get lured by anything. I will not do anything which will benefit BJP.":MLAs' oath

  • 20:07

    We all are united, unbreakable & nothing will deter us: Congress

  • 20:03

    All MLAs take an oath

  • 20:00

    They said that NCP MLAs will leave but that is not going to happen: Sharad Pawar

  • 19:58

    Ajit Pawar doesn't have authority to do this: Sharad Pawar

    Ajit Pawar took the decision on his own. Ajit Pawar doesn't have the authority to do this, says Sharad Pawar.

  • 19:56

    We will form the government, says Sharad Pawar

    BJP has installed government without proving a majority. We have the majority and we will form the government: Sharad Pawar

  • 19:51

    If you want to experience what happens when Sena comes in the front line, we will show you: Uddhav Thackeray

  • 19:47

    The next few days will be ours and the next government will be ours: Ashok Chavan.

  • 19:46

    The Devendra Fadnavis government will not be able to prove majority: Ashok Chavan

  • 19:44

    We would like to thank Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi for allowing us to form this alliance, we will form a stable government: Ashok Chavan.

  • 19:43

    We are more than 162, not just 162, says Congress leader Ashok Chavan

  • 19:37

    An oath will be taken at Hyatt: Jitendra Awhad NCP leader

  • 19:30

    Congress leaders including Mallikarjun Kharge and Ashok Chavan arrive at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.

  • 19:21

    Rohit Pawar and Aditya Thackeray, third-generation politicians of Pawar and Thackeray families walk in together.

  • 19:20

    Sena-NCP-Cong MLAs assemble at Grand Hyatt

  • 19:20

    Shiv Sena's Uddhav Thackeray & Aaditya Thackeray arrive at Hotel Grand Hyatt where Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs have assembled.

  • 19:13

    Uddhav Thackeray reaches Grand Hyatt

  • 19:07

    Massive security arrangement at Grand Hyatt, where Sena-NCP-Congress MLAs and supporting legislators to be paraded and photo session to be held.

  • 19:06

    MLAs started arriving in Grand Hyatt

  • 18:46

    BJP Leader Ashish Shelar, MLA will speak to Media at 8 pm, Rangsharda, Bandra West

  • 18:39

    CM Fadnavis chaired meeting on Climate project representative from World Bank

    CM Devendra Fadnavis chaired a meeting in Mumbai to discuss proposed ‘Climate Resilience Improvement and flood & drought Management Program’ with representatives from World Bank

    All technical modalities got discussed in this meeting and CM Devendra Fadnavis directed to place this proposal for cabinet approval.
    World Bank will spend ₹3500 crore on this project out of which ₹350 crore is for technical assistance.

    This program includes diversion of floodwater to drought-prone area maintaining the environmental balance.
    The discussion also took place on #SmartVillage project for 20 lakh farmers in 10,000 villages for better market opportunities to farmers by connecting to corporates.

  • 18:17

    We are all one and together: NCP

    Hey BJP, I am sure you will be watching, make sure you do because 'We are all One and Together', We are 162: NCP's Clyde Castro.

  • 16:59

    Massive show of strength of Sena-NCP-Congress at 7pm

  • 16:50

    Sanjay Raut's allegations on 'Operation Lotus' wrong: BJP

    There is no 'Operation Lotus', we have enough MLAs for the majority, we are not threatening any MLA. Sanjay Raut's allegations are false, after a few days, he will have to be sent to a mental hospital:Raosaheb Patil Danve BJP

  • 16:20

    BJP has become ‘Contract Killing’ of honesty: Surjwala

  • 16:16

    All ongoing investigations continuing in irrigation scam: Anti-Corruption Bureau

    Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau Sources add that the cases that were closed today were conditional, cases could reopen if more information comes to light or courts order further inquiry. "We are investigating around 300 tenders in irrigation related complaints. These are routine inquiries which are closed and all ongoing investigations are continuing as they were earlier," saidMaharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) DG, Parambir Singh.

  • 16:15

    According to highly placed sources in Maharashtra Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB), in the list of cases being circulated on social media, none of the cases belongs to alleged irrigation corruption case against Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister, Ajit Pawar.

    ANI

  • 16:04

    Efforts to convince Ajit Pawar still underway: Dilip Walse-Patil

    Out efforts to convince Ajit Pawar is still underway, says Dilip Walse-Patil.

  • 16:03

    "We are positive that something comes out," said Chhagan Bhujbal after meeting with top NCP leaders and Ajit Pawar.

  • 15:57

    Anti-corruption bureau gives aclean chit to Ajit Pawar who was allegedly involved in the Rs 70,000 cr irrigation scam,

  • 15:53

    Sena-NCP-Cong letter claiming majority 'bogus': BJP

    BJP leader Ashish Shelar on Monday dubbed as "bogus" theletter submittedby the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress combine to the Maharashtra governor to claim that they have the numbers to form government in the state.

    Read More

  • 15:53

    BJP will get befitting reply in Maha floor test: Cong

    The Congress' alliance with the NCP and Shiv Sena has the support of 154 MLAs, the party said on Monday minutes after the Supreme Court reserved its order on a petition by the three parties on the formation of a new government in Maharashtra.

    Read More

  • 15:51

    Cong to boycott Constitution Day function in Parliament

    Congress and few other parties have decided to boycott the Constitution Day celebrations in the Central Hall of Parliament on Tuesday which would be addressed by President Ram Nath Kovind.

    Read More

  • 15:44

    Had discussions with Ajit Pawar: Jayant Patil

    We had discussions with Ajit Pawar once, hoping for another meeting with him soon: Jayant Patil

  • 21:54

    Maharashtra government formation: From counting day to Devendra Fadnavis becoming CM - How the drama unfolded

  • 14:09

    Sharad Pawar has assured us that we will be brought back: Anil Patil NCP MLA

    "When we reached hotel (in Delhi) at least 100-200 BJP workers were present there along with a lot of police cars & personnel in civil dress, we were scared.We told Sharad Pawar sahab that we want to return & stay with the party, he assured us that we will be brought back and made the necessary arrangements," saidAnil Patil, NCP MLA who was reportedly missing & brought to Mumbai from Delhi by NCP leaders today.

  • 14:06

    Ajit Pawar left with only two legislators now,  of which one is in touch with me: NCP Jayant Patil

  • 14:05

    Sena-NCP-Cong letter is misleading: Ashish Shelar

    The letter given by Sena-NCP-Congress does not have any meaning and it is a move to contain their legislators. The letter is misleading: Ashish Shelar, BJP

  • 14:03

    CM Devendra Fadnavis's first signature of his tenure

    CM Devendra Fadnavis’ first signature of this tenure was done on a CM Relief fundcheque, on reaching Mantralaya, which was handed over to Kusum Vengurlekar by CM.

  • 14:02

    Ajit Pawar has been trapped: Sajnay Raut

    Ajit Pawar has been trapped, he is emotional, we have seen his tears: Sanjay Raut

  • 13:30

  • 13:27

    Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis taking charge in Mantralaya. (DH photo)

  • 13:25

    Sena-NCP-Cong stake claim to form govt in Maharashtra

    Acting swiftly, the Trimurti combine of Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress on Monday staked claim to form an alternative government in Maharashtra.The top leaders of three parties visited Raj Bhavan and submitted a letter along with a list of 162 MLAs.

    Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari was,however, not in Mumbai, and the letter was handed over to his secretary.

    Read the full report here.

  • 13:05

    NCP leaders Dilip Walse-Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal and Jayant Patil are trying to convince Ajit Pawar. The meeting has been going on for twohours now.Shiv Sena's Eknath Shinde to join in shortly.

  • 13:05

    Missing NCP MLAs Anil Patil and Daulat Daroda return to Mumbai. "We are with Sharad Pawar," they said.

  • 13:04

  • 13:02

    SC order on Maharashtra floor test on Nov 26 morning

    The political uncertainty in Maharashtra would continue to linger a little longer with the Supreme Court on Monday reserving its order on a plea by Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress to direct the floor test in Maharashtra Assembly.

    A bench of Justices N V Ramana, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna said the court would pass its order on Tuesday at 10.30 am.

    Read the full report here.

  • 12:37

    We've given the letter of support of 162 MLAs to Governor. In democracy, only the majority number holds importance. We want that the minority government formed on Nov 23 should resign as they can't prove majority. Those with the majority should be given opportunity, saysShiv Sena'sEknath Shinde.

  • 12:29

    We would respect the SC verdict whatever it is, we have the numbers to pass floor test, says BJP's Ram Kadam.

  • 12:29

  • 12:15

    We are in a position to bring 162 MLAs before Maharashtra Governor at any given time, says NCP's Jayant Patil.

  • 12:13

    Today morning at 10 am, Shinde ji, Thorat ji, Chavan ji, Vinayak Raut ji, Azmi ji, KC Padvi and I - on behalf of NCP, gave a letter to Governor showing strength of 162 MLAs, says NCP's Jayant Patil. The current government in Maharashtra has been formed on the basis of false papers and documents, he adds.

  • 12:11

    CM Devendra Fadnavis, his Deputy Ajit Pawar, former speakers Dilip Walse-Patil, Haribhau Bagade and ex-dy CM Chhagan Bhujbal at statue of YB Chavan at Vidhan Bhavan complex. (DH photo)

  • 12:02

  • 12:01

    NCP, Cong, Sena will form govt: Sharad Pawar

    NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday asserted that his party along with the Congress and Shiv Sena will form government in Maharashtra.

    Addressing reporters in Karad town of neighbouring Satara district, he reiterated that the decision of aligning with the BJP was of his nephew Ajit Pawar and not the NCP.

    "It is not the party's decision and we do not endorse it," the NCP patriarch said.

    Read the full report here.

  • 11:39

    I'm happy to lose floor test today, but they (BJP alliance) don’t want floor test, saysSinghvi.

    He placed on record, affidavits signed by 154 MLAs showing their support, the Supreme Court refused to accept it saying it can't now expand scope of petition. He withdrew the affidavits

  • 11:37

    What BJP alliance has shown to Court are signatures of 54 NCP MLAs electing Ajit Pawar as legislative party leader. They weren't signed support for joining BJP alliance to form the government. NCP support to Ajit Pawar was withoutany covering letter. How can Governor turn a blind eye to this, saysSinghvi.

  • 11:23

    It was only after the pre poll alliance fell out (of BJP and Shiv Sena) that we decided to go for an alternate government, says Kapil Sibal. "The pre poll alliance between BJP and Shiv Sena fell out because promises were not kept. It had nothing to do with the NCP or the Congress," he adds.

  • 11:19

  • 11:18

    If BJP fails in floor test, give an opportunity to Sena-NCP-Congress to form government, says Ashok Chavan.

  • 11:17

  • 11:15

    The BJP-Ajit Pawar group and rival Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance are making all efforts to garner as many number as possible.

  • 11:08

  • 11:04

    Rohatgi says that Supreme Court can only decide on Governor's decision, not floor test, according to News 18.

  • 11:03

    I met Ajit Pawar, he had support of 54 NCP MLAs so governor asked him to form govt: Advocate Rohatgi to SC.

  • 10:58

    It is their family feud. One Pawar is with me, other with them, nobody says the letter of support is fabricated, says Mukul Rohatgi.

  • 10:55

  • 10:54

    Mehta reads out the letter that Devendra Fadnavis had placed before the Governor. "This letteralso mentions the letter written by Ajit Pawar extending support of 54 NCP MLAs. Based on this material, Fadnavis staked claim to form government," says Mehta.

  • 10:52

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta hands over to Supreme Court the original letter of Maharashtra Governor inviting BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form government in Maharashtra.

  • 10:51

    The list of 54 elected MLAs (of NCP) was attached to the letter and said that NCP was extending support to the BJP, says Mehta.

  • 10:50

    The Governor is not required to go on a roving and fishing inquiry, says Mehta.

  • 10:47

  • 10:45

    Solicitor General Tushar Mehta tells Supreme Court thatShiv Sena has 56, NCP 54, INC 44 seats. "There was talk about horse trading but Governor possibly felt that entire stable is stolen. I'm seeking time to file reply as there are questions which need to be discussed," he says.

  • 10:40

  • 10:40

    I have the original documents with me, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta tells Supreme Court .

  • 10:37

    The Bench headed by Justice NV Ramana and comprising Ashok Bhushan and Sanjiv Khanna assembles.

  • 10:34

    Today, record of Governor to be placed in the apex court. I've seen that along with letter of Fadnavis there was a letter by Ajit Pawar as head of legislative party with signatures of all NCP MLAs. Governor was right in granting an invitation to him to form the government, saysM Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in the Supreme Court.

  • 10:33

    Senior Counsel Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi, SG Tushar Mehta and Mukul Rohatgi are in the courtroom.

  • 10:26

    JUST IN | Leaders of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress arrive at Raj Bhavan to meet Governor.

  • 10:18

  • 10:16

    There are four people in 'Operation Kamal'; CBI, ED, Income Tax dept and Police carry out 'Operation Kamal'. But it will not yield any result here. If you have the majority then why do you need an 'Operation Kamal'? asks Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut.

  • 10:10

    Today the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will go to meet Governor, says Sanjay Raut.

  • 10:03

  • 09:21

    Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress have prepared necessary documents and letters for going to Raj Bhavan at short notice.

  • 09:19

    During the NCP core committee meeting in Pune on November 17, Ajit Pawar dropped hints to ally with the BJP.

  • 08:47

    Clyde Crasto's battle cry

  • 08:46

    NCP supremo Sharad Pawar leaves for Karad in the wee hours of today to pay tributes to former deputy PM YB Chavan on his death anniversary

  • 08:07

    Fifty two MLAs of the party have come back to us, one more is in touch with us, says Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Nawab Malik.

  • 08:06

  • 07:30

    Ravi Rana holds key to independents' support in Maha

    Yuva Swabhiman Party founder Ravi Rana has been tasked by the BJP to get all the Independent MLAs in its favour. As of now the Independents are divided between the BJP and Shiv Sena camps, but, majority will go with the tide.


    Rana, who is just 34, is a three-time Independent MLA from Badnera. He is directly in touch with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis. "The Independent legislators would vote in favour of BJP," he said.

    Read the full report here.

  • 07:17

  • 07:11

    Closeness to Ajit dada lands Dhananjay Munde in trouble

    Dhananjay Munde's closeness to rebel NCP leader Ajit Pawar and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has landed him in trouble. The 44-year-old charismatic leader and orator holds the key and could perhaps piece together the story of what exactly happened and how it happened.

    Munde had avoided speaking to the media but he is being looked upon with suspicion. On Sunday evening, he posted on social media pledging his loyalty to NCP supremo Sharad Pawar. "I am with party, I am with Pawar saheb. Please don’t spread rumours. @PawarSpeaks @NCPspeaks," Munde posted on Twitter and Facebook.

    Read the full report here.

  • 06:46

  • 25-11-2019
    06:44

    The BJP has hidden four of our MLAs, says NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik. Kalvan NCP MLA Nitin Arjun Pawar's wife has lodged a missing complaint.

  • 02:21
  • 22:54

     Ajit Pawar group can get 12 ministers in the new government

  • 22:33
  • 22:29

    Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar reaches 'Varsha', the official residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis

  • 22:05

    All the Congress MLAs are united, says Congress

  • 20:05

    Don't spread rumors: Dhananjay Munde

    I am with the party, I am with Pawar Saheb. Please don’t spread rumors: Dhananjay Munde.

  • 20:01

    Operation Kamala in Maharashtra?

    Both chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and his deputy Ajit Pawar are making all efforts to ensure that they cross the magic figure of 145 or get this number down by ensuring resignations from rival camps for smooth sailing.

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  • 19:59

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut arrives at the residence of Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar for a meeting

  • 19:59

  • 18:11

    NCP-Cong-Shiv Sena will definitely come back: Nawab Malik

    50 MLAs are with us but not everyone is at the hotel, 4 MLAs who are kept somewhere by BJP people, are in constant touch with us and will definitely come back:Nawab Malik, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP)

  • 18:04

    Pawar reacts to Nephew's tweet

  • 17:26

    All congress MLAs intact: Ashok Chavan

    BJP making efforts to open channels of dialogue with select MLAs of Sena, Congress, and NCP.All Congress MLAs are intact: Ashok Chavan.

  • 17:10

    I'm in NCP, Sharad Pawar is out leader, says Ajit Pawar

    I am in the NCP and shall always be in the NCP and @PawarSpeaks Saheb is our leader.

    Our BJP-NCP alliance shall provide a stable Government in Maharashtra for the next five years which will work sincerely for the welfare of the State and its people.

    — Ajit Pawar (@AjitPawarSpeaks) November 24, 2019

  • 16:55

    Sena disrespected the mandate of the people: Ashish Shelar

    Shiv Sena disrespected the mandate of the people, says Ashish Shelar, in his media briefing. He further said, "Maharashtra is happy and booming with confidence after Devendra Fadmavis was sworn in as CM and Ajit Pawar his deputy."

  • 16:45

    Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray along with Aditya Thackeray, arrives at Lalit Hotel where Shiv Sena MLAs are lodged.

  • 16:15

    NCP-Shiv Sena relation will go long: Uddhav Thackeray

    "Do not worry, this relationship will go long, our alliance will go a long way," says Party Chief Uddhav Thackeraywhile addressing the NCP MLAs: Shiv Sena sources.

    ANI

  • 16:09

    Sharad Pawar, Uddhav Thackeray to hold closed-door meeting

    NCP Sources: NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray to hold a closed-door meet in the Renaissance hotel, Mumbai after the meeting with NCP MLAs concludes.

    ANI

  • 16:07

    Ajit Pawar ensures a stable government

  • 15:56

    Governor should resign, says Ashok Gehlot

    Maharashtra Governor should tender his resignation on moral grounds. His actions were hand in hand with BJP, which is unfortunate:Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot.

  • 15:38

    Piyush Goyal arrives with Fadnavis at BJP office

    Union Minister Piyush Goyal also arrived with Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, at the BJP office for a meeting of the legislators of the party.

  • 15:12

    BJP leaders arrive for meeting

  • 14:57

    Devendra Fadnavis will fail to prove majority: Nawab Malik

  • 14:35

    Uddhav Thackeray to meet NCP MLAs

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray, Sanjay Raut, and Milind Narvekar reach Renaissance Hotel at Powai. Thackeray will meet NCP supremo Sharad Pawar and Supriya Sule and then NCP MLAs.

  • 14:34

     Ajit Pawar respected the mandate by becoming deputy CM to give a stable government,  says Gopichand Padalkar

  • 14:27

    "It is a jolt but a sweet feeling," says BJP's Gopichand Padalkar, who was defeated by NCP leader Ajit Pawar. "Maharashtra will benefit with Ajit dada allying with BJP," said Padalkar.

  • 14:26

    NCP MLA Nitin Pawar, for whom a missing person's complaint was filed: I request my family and the people to not worry about me. I am with Sharad Pawar, Ajit Pawar and Chhagan Bhujbal. Nothing otherwise should be thought, by my family and people. (ANI)

  • 14:24

    NCP MLA Manikrao Kokate has reached Renaissance Hotel where other MLAs of the party are staying. He had reportedly accompanied Dy CM Ajit Pawar to the Governor’s residence & was missing since y'day. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is present at the hotel to meet the MLAs. (ANI)

  • 14:08

    Congress leader Charanjit Singh Sapra on “Maharashtra Ki Mahabharat”

  • 14:05

    NCP MLA Manikrao Kokate reaches the Renaissance Hotel where other MLAs of the party are staying. He had reportedly accompanied Dy CM Ajit Pawar to the Governor’s residence & was missing since yesterday. NCP chief Sharad Pawar is present at the hotel to meet the MLAs (ANI)

  • 14:03

    Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray complete meetings with Shiv Sena MLAs

  • 13:42

    Top leaders of Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress are meeting their MLAs, they may also meet each other's MLAs.

  • 13:40

    "Maharashtra Govt over Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: After going through the Supreme Court order, one thing has come up very clearly that Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's demand has not been accepted by SC. They've fallen flat on their face," says BJP leader Ashish Shelar,on SC's notice to Centre.

  • 13:31

    Congress MLAs are being shifted to JW Marriot Hotel.

    "All 44 MLAs intact, don't worry," says senior Congress leader Vijay Wadettiwar, former leader of opposition.

    Meanwhile, Bhupendra Yadav reaches Ashish Shelar's Bungalow.

  • 13:06

    "The midnight coup was unprecedented. There was no grave emergency b/w midnight&the day. It shows the intent. SC should go into all aspects otherwise it'll become a practice," saysAnand Sharma, Congress on SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Govt on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea.

  • 13:02

    After returning home, Ajit Pawar met some of supporters, NCP leader Dilip Walse Patil also met him: Sources (PTI)

  • 12:45

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar leaves from his residence to meet NCP MLAs at Renaissance Hotel. (ANI)

  • 12:44

    Sena MLAs shifted to different hotels

    Amid the high political drama in Maharashtra and threat of 'poaching' of MLAs, the NCP, Congress and Shiv Sena have shifted their legislators to different luxury hotels in Mumbai. While the Congress moved its MLAs to the J W Marriott hotel in Juhu area, the NCP legislators were staying at The Renaissance hotel in Powai, sources said. Besides, the Shiv Sena MLAs are staying at The Lalit hotel located near the international airport here, they said.

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  • 12:39

    Dhananjay Munde was not present during Saturday morning swearing ceremony in Raj Bhavan: sources

  • 12:39

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Chief Sharad Pawar leaves from his residence to meet NCP MLAs at the Renaissance Hotel. (ANI)

  • 12:37

    NCP MLA Daulat Daroda, for whom a missing person's complaint was filed: I'm safe. I've come after winning election on the clock symbol (NCP), so there's no question of changing the party. Whatever decision Sharad Pawar & Ajit Pawar take,I'm with that. Don't believe in any rumours.

    (ANI)

  • 12:35

    SC issues notice to Centre, Maharashtra Govt, Devendra Fadnavis&Ajit Pawar on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea. We request Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to produce relevant documents from Guv’s letter for inviting BJP to form govt & letter of support of MLAs by 10.30 am tomorrow.

    Supreme Court says, appropriate orders to be passed tomorrow.

    Justice NV Ramana when Mukul Rohatgi (appearing for Maharashtra BJP) questioned the plea for relief filed by Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena, earlier today in Supreme Court: In this court, sky is the limit, anybody can ask for anything. Any person can ask to make him the Prime Minister.

    (ANI)

  • 12:28

    "Maharashtra BJP on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: There is no need for court to pass order today. There was no illegality in Governor decision. Court should not pass order to fix date of floor test. The three parties here have no fundamental rights,"Rohatgi tells SC.

    Maharashtra BJP on Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena's plea: Can the SC order the Governor to advance floor test? The petition is without annexures, they don’t know anything, they were sleeping for three weeks. There is no supporting document to their claims.

    (ANI)

  • 12:20

    "The combinewas given time and did not form govt, so let Fadnavis prove majority as there is no tearing hurry," Rohatgi to SC.

  • 12:19

    Jayant Patil Tweets

  • 12:17

    Rohatgi begins to make submissions now saying, "The correct procedure is parties should be served and they can file replies. There is no tearing hurry."

    "For so many days they didn't lift a little finger to form the government and now someone else has formed the Govt. No doubt that the floor test is inevitable but the decision of the Governor are not subject to judicial review," he says.

  • 12:13

    "The best way to decide this is to have a floor test and the source of this is the SR Bommai judgment. The idea to hold quick floor test is to prevent horse trading," saysSinghvi on floor test.

    Singhvi recounts the Supreme Court order in Karnataka case where protem speaker was directed to be appointed and floor test was directed to be televised.

    Dr A M Singhvialso cites the Goa and Uttarakhand cases where floor test was directed to be held within specific period of time.

    "In Uttarakhand case a "composite" floor test was directed between contesting political alliances. Same thing was ordered in Jagdambika Pal case," he says.

    "If the floor test is ordered for tomorrow, larger issues may come back to the Supreme Court later.How is it possible for someone claiming majority yesterday to shy away from a floor test today.If floor test is ordered, it is not an invasive adversarial order at all," he asks the Apex court.

  • 12:11

    Amid hearing in Supreme Court, both sides BJP and Shiv Sena claim they would be able to prove majority
    Shiv Sena team led by Subhash Desai, an aide of Thackeray family, meeting party MLAs.

  • 12:09

    Shiv Sena MLAs Subhash Desai, Vinayak Raut and Pratap Sarnaik meet Congress MLAs at JW Marriott Hotel in Mumbai. (ANI)

  • 12:06

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leaders went to the Governor's House today, met the officials of the Raj Bhavan and submitted a list of their present legislative party and leader of the legislative party.

    Jayant Patil, NCP leader said, "I have presented him a letter about the meeting which took place yesterday of NCP legislative party." (ANI)

  • 12:02

    "When the announcement was made at 7 pm that we are staking claim to form govt and Uddhav Thackeray will lead it, couldn’t the Governor wait?" Singhvi asks.

    "How come Ajit Pawar becomes the Deputy CM with the support of only around 42-43 seats? It is the murder of democracy," he says.(ANI)

  • 11:59

    Abhishek Manu Singhvi begins to make submissions saying,"Obligation of governor to satisfy himself, based on written documents, bearing signatures and physical verification."

    "The NCP had a meeting yesterday removing Ajit Pawar expelling him from the post. Out of 54 MLAs (of NCP), 41 have signed it and was given to the Governor this morning," he said.

    Singhvi pointed out, "How can Ajit Pawar be Deputy CM when 41 NCP MLAs have said that 'we are with NCP and we don't recognise him as NCP leader anymore'."

    - Bar & Bench Twitter

  • 11:58

    Sibal continues with his argument, says all the past orders of the SupremeCourt have been consistent in ordering floor test.

    "Floor test must be conducted because people of Maharashtra deserve a Govt.

    They don't want to do it because they want to use the intervening time."

    -Bar & Bench

    Sibal said "We have seen this in Karnataka also. If they (BJP) have the majority, then let them show their majority." (ANI)

  • 11:53

    "I don’t know why there is hearing on Sunday, there should not be any hearing on Sunday. According to me this matter (Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress' plea) should not be listed," saysMukul Rohatgi, appearing for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court.

    "I was in Karnataka case also. This case should have gone through 226 jurisdictions first," he said.

  • 11:51

    Sibal cites the Karnataka case of 2018. In the Karnataka case, the floor test was directed to be conducted within 24 hours.

  • 11:49

    "Court should order floor test today itself. If BJP has a majority, let them prove in assembly. If they don’t, let us stake the claim," Sibal said at the Apex court.

  • 11:45

    Kapil Sibal appearing for Shiv Sena in Supreme Court, on the joint plea of Shiv Sena, said that the NCP and Congress against the decision of Guv inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form a government. "At 5:17 am yesterday President's Rule was revoked and at 8 am, 2 persons sworn-in as CM and Deputy CM. What documents were given?" he said.

    "When somebody had announced at 7 pm that we are forming govt, the act of Guv is biased, malafide, contrary to all laws established by this Court" he said.

    (ANI)

  • 11:44

    Supreme Court's three-judge bench of Justice NV Ramana, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, start hearing the joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP & Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form government yesterday.

    Kapil Sibal in Supreme Court, for Shiv Sena: The majority is 145 seats in the state. Pre-poll alliance comes first. The pre poll alliance broke down. Now, we are relying on post-poll alliance.

    (ANI)

  • 11:36

    By evening all our MLAs will return: Nawab Malik, NCP national spokesperson

  • 11:31

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday claimed that the Sena-NCP-Congress combine has the support of 165 MLAs to prove majority in the Maharashtra Assembly.

    Addressing reporters here, Raut alleged that Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari allowed the new government (headed by BJP's Devendra Fadnavis) to be formed on the basis of "bogus" documents.

    He also said the deadline of November 30 given to the government to prove majority is only to enable defections.

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  • 10:50

    "Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress can prove majority in flat 10 minutes," says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.
    “We have said from the beginning that we have 170 MLAs support… Now, with five MLAs missing, we have the support for 165 legislators in our camp… Write this down," Sanjay Raut said.

  • 10:49

    NCP Leader Dilip Valse Patil reaches at Deputy CM Ajit Pawar residence

  • 10:46

    We will raise Maharashtra issue in Parliament: KC Venugopal

  • 10:45

    The BJP on Sunday objected to the removal of Ajit Pawar as leader of the NCP legislature party, saying it was "invalid".

    Pawar was removed as the NCP's legislature unit leader on Saturday, hours after he joined hands with the BJP in a coup and took oath as deputy of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis.

    However, raising an objection to it, BJP leader Ashish Shelar told reporters here that Ajit Pawar's replacement with Jayant Patil was done at the NCP's legislature wing meeting where all MLAs of the Sharad Pawar-led party were not present.

    "The letter of support to the governor was given by Ajit Pawar as leader of the NCP's legislature party. Pawar's replacement with Jayant Patil is invalid," Shelar said.

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  • 10:31

    49-50 MLAs of the party are with us right now: Bhujbal

    "49-50 MLAs of the party are with us right now, 1-2 are coming too. All the MLAs have been kept together here. NCP-Congress-Shiv Sena government will be formed in Maharashtra, 100%," says NCP leaderChhagan Bhujbal. (ANI)

  • 10:27

    Ajit Pawar has done the most wrong thing in his life: Raut

    "Sharad Pawar is a national leader. If BJP is trying to form govt, it will not happen. It is a wrong step taken by BJP & Ajit Pawar. 165 MLAs are with Shiv Sena, Congress & NCP," says Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

    "Ajit Pawar has done the most wrong thing in his life, which at this time has trapped a dagger in Pawar Sahib's back," he said.

    "Ajit Pawar took false documents to Raj Bhawan yesterday & governor accepted those documents. Even if today, Governor asks us to prove majority, we can do it right now. 49 NCP MLAs are with us," he said.

    (ANI)

  • 10:20

    "The suspicion arises form the meeting between PM Narendra Modi and NCP president Sharad Pawar, in which BJP president Amit Shah joined later," says Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA) leader Prakash Ambedkar

  • 10:19

    It appears polls are imminent, says MNS leader Sandeep Deshpande

  • 09:51

    SC will be hearing today at 11.30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP & Indian National Congress

    Senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi to appear for Maharashtra BJP in Supreme Court today. SC will be hearing today at 11.30 am the joint plea of Shiv Sena, NCP & Indian National Congress against the decision of Maharashtra Governor inviting Devendra Fadnavis to form govt yesterday. (ANI)

  • 09:48

    Ajit Pawar back in Mumbai

    NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who was on Saturday was sworn in as the deputy chief minister of Maharashtra, returned to his private residence near Churchgate here in the early hours of Sunday, sources said.
    He spent Saturday at his brother's home in Mumbai even as his uncle and NCP chief Sharad Pawar attended a party meeting where most of the NCP MLAs were present.

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  • 09:46

    Former Telecom Minister tweets

  • 09:41

    Jayant Patil arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence

    Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) legislative party leader Jayant Patil arrives at NCP Chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai. (ANI)

  • 09:37

    Sanjay Kakade arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai

    In a surprising development, BJP Rajya Sabha MP and real estate baron Sanjay Kakade arrives at NCP chief Sharad Pawar's residence in Mumbai.
    It may be recalled, last month Sanjay Kakade had claimed that several Shiv Sena MLAs are in touch with him
    Sanjay Kakade is a family friend of the Pawars.

  • 09:36

    BJP leader and former education minister Ashish Shelar to address media at 10:30 am

  • 09:29

    Fadnavis will have to step down "shamefully": Congress

    The Congress on Saturday asserted that Devendra Fadnavis, who was sworn in as Maharashtra chief minister early this morning, will have to step down "shamefully" as all its MLAs and those of the NCP, except a few from the Sharad Pawar-led party, are together. Congress general secretary (Organisation) K C Venugopal said it is "shameful that the President and the governor have stooped to the standard of RSS workers for facilitating this dissolute political treachery as the chief minister was sworn in disgracefully under cover of darkness". "Only a few NCP MLAs have fallen in the BJP's trap. All other MLAs of the Congress and NCP are with us. This unholy and corrupt political alliance will fall before long," he said in a statement.

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  • 09:22

    Tweet by BJP activist Dayanand Nene

  • 09:13

    Congress state general secretary and spokesperson Sachin Sawant

  • 09:12

    Bhosale had switched over from NCP to BJP but lost the Satara Lok Sabha bye-elections

    Udayanraje Bhosale, the 13th descendant of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, welcoming CM Devendra Fadnavis.
    Bhosale had switched over from NCP to BJP but lost the Satara Lok Sabha bye-elections.

  • 08:49

    At least nine MLAs who were with Ajit swear loyalty to Sharad Pawar

    At least nine NCP MLAs who attended swearing-in of Ajit Pawar as deputy chief minister of Maharashtra returned to the party fold and expressed solidarity with party chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday evening.

    These MLAs were present when BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis and NCP's Ajit Pawar were sworn in as chief minister and deputy chief minister at Raj Bhavan.

    Udgir MLA Sanjay Bansode was the latest legislator to turn up at the Y B Chavan Centre here where party MLAs are attending a meeting convened by Sharad Pawar.

    Read more

  • 08:38

    "It's not that much understanding as you love, Itis a river of fire and has to be drowned," says NCP leader Nawab Malik in a tweet, replying Sanjay Raut.

  • 08:35

    Shahapur NCP MLA goes 'missing', police complaint filed

    The political events of Saturday that led to the BJP making a comeback to power in Maharashtra with the help of Ajit Pawar, and his as-yet unspecified number of MLAs, also led to a missing person complaint being filed for an MLA from the Sharad Pawar-led party.

    Shahapur NCP MLA Daulat Daroda went 'missing' after reaching Raj Bhavan in south Mumbai the morning where Fadnavis and Ajit Pawar took oath as chief minister and deputy CM, respectively.

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  • 07:50

    NCP legislators are in Renaissance Hotel in Powai

    Shiv Sena legislators are in Hotel Lalit at Andheri

  • 07:30

    Maharashtra's Pawar family

    Rebellion and tension were brewing up in the Pawar family of Baramati for some time - and it has now come in open.

    Baramati in Pune district is the bastion of the Pawar family.

    NCP founder-president Sharad Pawar, his daughter Supriya Sule and nephew Ajit Pawar all had been in the denial mode all these years and refused to acknowledge it.

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  • 07:21

    "Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj is a true icon and an inspiration for all of us. Generations of Indians will continue to respect and revere him.
    छत्रपति शिवाजी महाराज की जय।" - tweets Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.

  • 07:16

    Accidental swearing-in: Raut

  • 07:15

    President-nominated Rajya Sabha MP Sambhaji Chhatrapati, a descendent of the legendary Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, took objection to union law minister Ravishankar Prasad referring to the Maratha warrior as just "Shivaji'.

  • 07:14

    Top BJP leaders and Ajit Pawar held legal consultations overnight on the issue of his sacking as NCP legislature party leader and whether he can still issue a whip.

  • 00:34

    Deputy CM Ajit Pawar leaves from his brother Sriniwas Pawar's residence

  • 00:11

    Ajit Pawar meeting lawyers to challenge the NCP's decision of sacking him as NCP legislative party leader

  • 23:30

    Ajit Pawar currently staying at his brother's residence in Mumbai

  • 23:27

    Earn people's faith, says Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) President Raj Thackeray

  • 23:26
  • 22:25

    SS-Cong-NCP move SC, seek order for floor test on Sunday

    In a day of swift political developments, the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress on Saturday moved the Supreme Court challenging validity of Maharashtra governor B S Koshyari's "brazen action" to invite BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis to form the government.

    The top court agreed to consider the plea on Sunday, by holding a special sitting of a bench.

    Read morehere.

  • 22:21

    NCP legislators being shifted to a hotel

  • 22:21

    NCP supremo Sharad Pawar-led NCP meeting underway

  • 22:20

    Shiv Sena-Cong-NCP will form government in Maharashta, says NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik

  • 22:19

    SC will decide on the urgency of the case: Advocate of SS-Cong-NCP

    "Our people are there. The registry is open now. They will decide on the urgency of the case. Petition on behalf of three parties have been filed, SC Registry is processing it for further action,” senior advocate Devadutt Kamat for the three parties said.

  • 22:19

    Ajit Pawar sacked as NCP legislature group leader at party meet

    The NCP on Saturday removed Ajit Pawar as its legislature party leader after he joined hands with the BJP to form a government and took oath as the deputy chief minister of the state.

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  • 22:18

    Shiv Sena: So near yet so far

    Overnight Shiv Sena President Uddhav Thackeray’s fortunes changed. He was, until the early morning of November 23, the consensus candidate of three parties including his own for the post of chief minister. But in a bloodless coup of sorts or as Uddhav himself phrased it, a “purgical strike”, it was Devendra Fadnavis who was back again as CM in a surreptitious morning ceremony.

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  • 22:18

    Dhananjay Munde arrives at YB Chavan Centre where Sharad Pawar is chairing a meeting of NCP legislators

  • 22:16

    Ajit Pawar holds meeting with NCP MPs

  • 22:16

    Maharashtra governor comes under focus

    With the sudden change in the political scenario, the office of Maharashtra governorBhagat Singh Koshyari, has come under focus.

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  • 22:15

    'Ajit Pawar blackmailed into joining hands with BJP'

    Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Saturday claimed that NCP's Ajit Pawar was "blackmailed" into joining hands with the BJP to form government in Maharashtra.

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  • 22:14

    'Guv office misuse sounds death knell for democracy'

    Tamil Nadu's principal Opposition DMK on Saturday termed the political developments in Maharashtra as "disgusting and despicable" and said misuse of the offices of President and Governor has sounded the "death knell" for democracy.

    In a series of tweets, DMK President M K Stalin said legal principles and political morality stand defeated at the hands of opportunist politics. "What does one compare the disgusting and despicable political situation in Maharashtra to? Terming it a murder of democracy would not even be sufficient, it would seem, " Stalin said. He also alleged that the country's revered constitutional principles have been thrown to the bin by these actions.

    Read the full reporthere.

  • 22:14

    Maha Guv again proved to be Shah's 'hitman', says Cong

    Hitting out at Devendra Fadnavis being sworn-in as the Maharashtra chief minister, the Congress on Saturday alleged that the governor was once again proved to be BJP chief Amit Shah's "hitman", while asserting that the "illegitimate" government formation will self-destruct.

    The month-long political impasse in Maharashtra ended dramatically on Saturday with the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) Fadnavis returning as the chief minister, backed by the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP).

    Read the full reporthere.

  • 22:12
  • 22:11

    • They are playing with democracy and the nation is seeing all this, says Uddhav Thackeray. He adds that whatever Shiv Sena does, it does so openly. People of Maharashtra will take revenge, says Uddhav Thackeray.

    • The BJP will not be able to prove majority in the floor of the House, we will make efforts to form government again, says Sharad Pawar.

    • Ten to 11 NCP MLAs are with Ajit Pawar, says Sharad Pawar. "We are opposed to BJP," he adds. He further says that the BJP has always indulged in horse-trading.

    • Party workers committed to us will not go with Ajit Pawar, says Sharad Pawar. He adds that some NCP members were with Ajit Pawar and Devendra Fadnavis were sworn in. "Their membership could be in trouble because of anti-defection law," says Sharad Pawar.

  • 22:11

    Ajit Pawar had gone incommunicado from 9 pm on Friday till 8 am Saturday, according to sources.

  • 22:10

    Sena-NCP-Congress alliance is intact, says NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik.

  • 22:10

    It was the prerogative of the governor. The governor invited the person (to form government) after he was satisfied, says Rajnath Singh.

  • 22:09
  • 22:08
  • 22:07

    Split among Pawars replay of Cong-JD(S) rift in 2006

    The surprise turn of events in Maharashtra can be seen as history repeating itself, almost after 13 years when a similar ‘split’ in JD(S) installed H D Kumaraswamy as Karnataka Chief Minister with the support of the BJP.

    Switch to November 2019, a split in the NCP has seen Ajit Pawar, the nephew of NCP patriarch Sharad Pawar walking away from the party and supporting BJP to form the government in Maharashtra by ensuring the post of the Deputy Chief Minister for himself.

    Read the full reporthere.

  • 22:06
  • 22:05

    Ajit Pawar has back-stabbed Shiv Sena: Raut

    Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut on Saturday said NCP leader Ajit Pawar had stabbed the Sena in the back by joining hands with the BJP to form the government in Maharashtra.


    Talking to reporters, Raut also said the state will never forgive Ajit Pawar for this act of his. "Ajit Pawar has stabbed the Shiv Sena in the back. Joining hands with the BJP to form the government is betrayal," he said.

    Read the full reporthere.

  • 22:04

    Ajit Pawar's decision to support the BJP to form the Maharashtra Government is his personal decision and not that of the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), says Sharad Pawar

  • 22:03

    Cong-NCP-Shiv Sena negotiations took too long: Singhvi

    Senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi on Saturday expressed surprise at the political developments in Maharashtra and said the Congress-NCP-Shiv Sena negotiations took too long as the window was grabbed by "fast movers".

    The month-long political impasse ended dramatically with Devendra Fadnavis returning as the chief minister again, backed by the Sharad Pawar-led NCP. NCP leader Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as the deputy chief minister at the Raj Bhavan.

    Read the full reporthere.